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and a cacophony of criticism. in a letter to the president today, u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote, "the position of secretary of state should never be politicized. i am saddened that we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate." and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >> reporter: just weeks ago, rice, a tough and smart rising star in the obama administration, was the president's top choice to serve as the next secretary of state. but she drew a lightning storm of republican criticism for repeating talking points from the intelligence community that seemed to critics to downplay the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in benghazi, libya. >> what this began as was a spontaneous -- >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting basic answers. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american p
tonight, with abc's john schriffen leading us off. >> reporter: whiteout conditions in ohio. power poles snapped like twigs in arkansas. and this pickup truck in southern illinois, struggling just to clear a path. the winter blast, now accounting for 15 deaths. most of them on the nation's roads, where black ice led to accident after accident. >> i lost count of the number of cars i've seen in the ditch. i saw a jackknifed tractor trailer. i saw a horse trailer that was turned over. >> reporter: today, the northeast was digging out. this man spent hours trying to rescue his car here in syracuse. what is it like dealing with this much snow? >> a lot of agony. a lot of back breaking. >> reporter: mother nature is also wreaking havoc in the skies. today alone, close to 700 flights were canceled. in the past 48 hours? nearly 3,000. on new york's long island, this southwest airlines plane skidded off the runway, getting stuck in the mud. 129 passengers evacuated safely. >> tower southwest 4695. >> 4695. >> we just made your day very exciting, at least ours is going to be. we just taxied off t
, house democrat leader nancy pelosi told us she's at least a little encouraged. >> it was constructive. as i say, candor is constructive, and i think it moved us forward, but we'll see. >> reporter: it was the first meeting with the president and all the congressional leaders in six weeks. it follows an impasse that has shaken wall street, the dow down more than 400 points since talks stalled last week. and on main street, business owners like drew greenblatt, who owns a wire basket manufacturing company in baltimore, say the coming fiscal cliff is already causing pain because they just don't know what will happen to their taxes. >> right now we're doing our budget. we're deciding how many people we're hiring next year. we're figuring out how many robots and machines we'll invest in our factories. >> reporter: and across the country all the political bickering had people outraged with washington. >> i can't believe we've gotten this close. >> time for them to turn in their term paper. >> this is america. they should be working for the american people. >> the parties are trying to outdo
. >>> and, our "person of the week." a young woman who teaches all of us about living a big, bold life. >>> good evening on this friday night. we have breaking news tonight. two men under arrest in a terror plot. they are naturalized citizens of pakistani decent living in south florida. and abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas joins us now with all the breaking details. pierre? >> reporter: diane, tonight, the fbi believes it has stopped a plot of home grown terror that while in its early stages, could have been deadly. tonight, two ft. lauderdale men are in custody, accused of plotting to detonate a bomb in the u.s. homeland. the two men, brothers raees and sheheryar qazi, are identified at naturalized citizens from pakistan. sources tell abc news, this was not a sting. and that the younger brother had been in contact with overseas radicals, possibly connected to al qaeda. the indictment accuses the men of attempting to provide lodging, communications, equipment and transportation in a conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. and sources say, the fbi found evidence
york. >> with us tonight amy free our meteorologist from our affiliate here in new york. you have three things you're looking at. >> the first storm is in the northeast, it looks wet and white and will give some folks a white christmas. as it moves through washington, late tomorrow evening it will produce a tlint of snow. mainly the snow stay in central pennsylvania. and central new york, one to three inches possible there. along the i-95 corridor, mainly a little dusting. >> then severe weather in the south? >> yes, this is down in the gulf. the warm side could produce thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. the cold side of that storm, before it leaves oklahoma city, could produce a white christmas. >> the third storm is a real biggie. >> it's a monster. a high impact storm moving on to the west coast, producing one to four inches of flooding rain for parts of california. into the sierras, feet of snow. snow riders will be really happy about that. as it pushes east, a lot of snow. anyone traveling through the rockies, places like denver, could see several inches of snow. >> and it gets
-old babies in the pool who amazed all of us. well, tonight, we learn something even more astounding. what some 4-week-old babies can do. >>> good evening. and we begin with with the breaking news of another safe haven for american families shattered by gun fire. the shooting at the mall outside portland, oregon. those eyewitnesses describing a man with a white mask, body armor, semiautomatic rifle. the gunshots ringing out, one after the other as families were trapped near familiar places. names like macy's and olive garden. it is still a developing story. the news is still coming in. and for the latest on who was shooting and how many were killed, abc's david wright has these breaking details right now. david? >> reporter: good evening, diane. this is, as you say, a developing story, but here's what we know so far. at least one person killed, possibly more. others injured, in a mall shooting, a shooting that apparently broke out near the food court of the clackamas town center. police say the gunman has been neutralized. unclear if that means he's in custody or dead. just before 3:30 thi
rising and the records keep falling. abc's meteorologist ginger zee now tells us what's going on. >> reporter: nearly snowless in december. right now, only 7% of the united states is covered in snow. that's even less than this time last year, when 32% of the nation was laced in winter white. not enough snow means no skiing. yet. this resort in washington state has had to wait. >> impatiently. to get our show on the road here. >> reporter: less snow helped make it even warmer this past week. almost 700 record high temperatures have been set in the past five days. all of that will contribute to 2012 likely becoming the warmest on record in the lower 48. while one week or one season can not tell a climate story, a longer range report card was released by noaa today. the subject? the arctic, where records were broken this year. in 2012, there was less snow -- and more sea ice melting -- than they've ever measured before. satellites started measuring arctic ice in 1979. since then, half has disappeared. and just this year, 4.5 million square miles melted away, an area the size of the
is here to start us off on this. chris? >> diane, people are moved. we all want to make sure it never happens again. the question, which actions will follow? and the answers are starting to take shape. with each body buried, calls for change. just today, the white house voicesing support for new gun laws and an assault weapon ban, weapons that fire a success of bullets with each pull of the trigger. cerberus announcing the sale of a stake in the biggest maker of assault rifles. the union representing california teachers is releasing because of the its connection with bushmaster. >> people were passionate about the issue. >> reporter: the strive for culture change. making assault rifles taboo. >> a lot of people are getting behind and understanding that at the end of the day, it's not the dollar that counts. but the sense. the sense of what they are going with their money. the sense of the weapons we are selling to the general public. >> reporter: but in the wake of the shooting, sales of assault rifles have jumped. how deep will they jump? for answers, we go to those at the direct cen
years. abc's david muir is here to tell us what's ahead and which markets are causing the big stir tonight. david? >> diane, we've been waiting to see a result like this. a jump for years now tracking the housing crisis since it started following families, entire neighborhoods as they waited for a rebound. and today, when we went back to one street, one of the hardest hit in america, we couldn't believe the turnaround. call it an early christmas gift for millions of americans who own homes. tonight, new signs home values are finally on the rise again. the biggest spike, in arizona where home prices are up more than 21%. >> and this is cortis street. >> reporter: perhaps you'll remember our drive through that neighborhood outside phoenix, it was ground zero for the housing crash four years ago, foreclosed, for sale, for rent. 130 homes on the market in that one subdivision alone and sherri mcbroom was trying to sell one of them. what did they buy their home for? >> $308,000. >> reporter: and what it's listed at now. >> 130. >> reporter: 130. our jaws dropping back then. and late tod
days in captivity. when u.s. intelligence showed joseph's life was in imminent danger, the military made its move. >> a hostage rescue mission is really, really dangerous and carries a high risk that the hostage him or herself could be injured or killed. you need someone at very high level to authorize the mission. >> reporter: the mission was authorized by general john allen. he sent in the elite navy s.e.a.l. team six. they rescued him and air lifted him to bagram air base but the victory came at a price. this morning a u.s. service member injured died of his wounds. the ultimate sacrifice to save an american doctor who would have been killed. >> muhammad lila with us. you were telling me you, not surprised that the kidnapping and the rescue effort was kept a secret the whole time. >> that's right, david, in any kidnapping, the first 72 hours are critical. this is a civilian hostage. he doesn't have the survival training that a soldier does. so in this case, a decision was knead publicizing his case could further endanger his life. >> our thoughts are the service member's family,
christmas. the amazing things you've told us you're doing, and buying, to help create american jobs. >> made in america! >>> good evening. we begin tonight with another shooting, another safe part of american life shattered by violence. a photograph was released today of 22-year-old jake roberts. he worked at a deli outside portland, oregon. police say this is the person who opened fire on holiday shoppers at a mall, firing at families in the food court. he killed two people and then himself. tonight, the shooter's family and his girlfriend are speaking out to abc news, and here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: chaos amidst the christmas shopping rush. lines of shoppers, even children, could be seen streaming out with their hands up while a shooter was still inside. a day later, police now say the gunman was 22-year-old jacob tyler roberts, a young man with no history of serious trouble, who they say stole an assault rifle from an acquaintance and set off, alone, on a deadly rampage. >> we do not understand the motive of this attack except to say that there's no apparent relationship bet
with frustration and fiasco. >> they told us they can't fly us out of here until monday, which is two days after our cruise leaves. >> reporter: more than 1,600 flights yesterday and today, canceled. among those affected -- the apter family. >> it's frustrating. we're going home, we're not happy. their nine months of planning a family trip to peru -- erased. ripple effects from thursday's storm felt all the way to los angeles. >> i had to wait 45 minutes to see somebody to change my next flight. >> reporter: the storm that caused all that unhappiness -- but it ripped scaffolding in new york city today, rocked rough waves across the great lakes, and left far from perfect roads for the 83 million expected to hit them this weekend. we took an icy drive from des moines to chicago. we're going east on i-80, going only 20 miles per hour. it's a full ice rink, even though the skies are completely blue and look at the westbound lanes. they've been like that for about a half mile. we don't know how long that goes. there are new weather woes on the west coast too. heavy rain drenching the pacific northwes
in the wake of tragedy. president obama saying today he will use all the powers of his office to help americans work together to end an epidemic of gun violence in this country. so, what will the president do first? abc's jake tapper was there and questioned the president today. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. after years of what critics charge has been not much discussion and even less action on the issue of addressing gun violence, today, president obama said that the tragedy at sandy hook changed everything, and now focusing on these issues will be at the forefront of his agenda. the president promised action. >> so, i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> reporter: he pledged that his administration would look at the mental health, education, cultural and gun control aspects of this tragedy. and to head the effort, he appointed vice president biden, an author of the 1994 crime bill, which contained a ban on some semiautomatic rifles.
with us here on a saturday night. we do begin here, with yet another holiday storm. the one-two punch this year, and tonight, on a weekend when so many are still traveling, a challenge out there. here's the radar at this hour. rain and snow. tonight, it's moving through the ohio valley right into the northeast, from washington up through philly, new york and boston. this is just one of the many scenes on american highways tonight. this is i-83 outside of harrisburg. where several cars collided in the snow. several people were taken to the the hospital. already this evening the flight cancellations are growing, more than 450 and counting. at this hour, triggering a ripple effect as people travel for new year's. so, we begin tonight with abc meteorologist ginger zee. ginger, good evening. >> good evening, david. blustery here. more snow just west of us. 2 or 6 inches of snow, that's on top where they already saw record numbers this week. as millions of us return from family gatherings, or take off for new festivities, another snowstorm is thwarting our trek. in king of prussia, they wer
on this sunday night, great to have you with us. we begin with the developing story from washington. those 11th hour talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. this evening here after they came to a halt, the vice president has been called in, now playing a central role. but time is running out. just tonight and tomorrow left. and if no agreement, taxes will go up for all americans. in fact, the average american family would see a tax increase of more than $3,400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president first called "self-inflicted wounds." let's bring in jon karl. he's been at his post every step of the way. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night, imploring congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience for a politicall
outside our studio tonight. sam, great to see you. and you were telling us in the news room this afternoon, this is all one massive system? >> reporter: one big system we've been talking about since the weekend, david. all that snow in the middle of the country, up to 17 inches in illinois. tornadoes, 25 confirmed from last night's episode. and then this. this, we started coastal areas with a little bit of snow, then we went to sleet. now we've got some rain with ice mixed in. if you're in coastal areas, road surfaces will stay wet. inland, you're going to get that mixture of ice and then inches and inches of snow. look at the snow graphic as we work this storm system. it was that one big storm that now will hand itself off to a kind of nor'easter shape. then it will move in. look at that icing that's involved. that is one of the scary parts of this system. plenty of areas that will get some icing and snow. the snowfall totals will be measured in inches. and very near a foot. and it's a very big deal. because, david, places like syracuse, and i know you just left yesterday, haven't had a f
'm not the one who shot him. i wouldn't hurt him. >> then who did, deedee? tell us. >> reporter: moore's maintained all along she's innocent. but the 40-year-old is now charged with first-degree murder, facing a mandatory sentence of life in prison. prosecutors paint a picture of moore as a conniving manipulator. intent on taking shakespeare's cash. first, she tried to convince shakespeare's mother, elizabeth walker, that her son was still alive. just missing. orchestrating a phone call with someone claiming to be her son. >> he said, it's abraham. and i said, you don't sound like abraham. >> reporter: then, her ex-husband, james, testified he dug a hole with a backhoe and covered it up at his former wife's request. >> pay attention to what was in the hole? >> no, sir. >> before you filled it? >> no, sir. >> reporter: but the prosecution's star witness is greg smith, turned police informant. in secretly taped conversations, moore is heard spinning an elaborate web of lies. yesterday, smith describes the pains moore allegedly took to write a letter to shakespeare's mother, as if it was
. and for perspective, 87 million of us will be navigating the roads for the holiday, while nearly 6 million of us will be trying to fly. but a lot of airports are struggling tonight, including busy o'hare in chicago and abc's alex perez is there. >> reporter: more than 1,000 flights across the country already canceled tonight. from texas -- >> now i can't get out until the morning. >> reporter: to des moines, iowa, where they got a foot of snow. >> we just found a rental car and decided we're going to try and make the drive through. >> reporter: in denver, those stranded just trying to get out. >> delayed, delayed and now i've been in here for like an hour. >> reporter: and at chicago's busy o'hare airport, hundreds of flights delayed tonight. >> very frustrating, anxious to get home and i hate being at the airport. >> reporter: as the wind, rain and snow sweeps east from chicago, new york, boston, washington, d.c. and philadelphia airports all expecting delays overnight and tomorrow. and united and american say they will waive fees for some travelers that want to change their plans, but that's l
, that's how many million americans are on the move this holiday weekend. nearly a third of the u.s. population boarding on planes or getting behind the wheel. many of them dealing with weather problems like this truck blown right off the road and this gas station, where the roof over the pumps was knocked down. but the big worry tonight is what happens after christmas? when everyone tries to get back home. there are two big, new storms bearing down. ginger zee is all over the story. >> reporter: relentless winds. gusting up to 60 miles per hour around the nation's capital today, put holiday travel on hold at dulles airport. >> and they actually had to have planes change runways, moving runway landings around because of concerns about crosswinds. a lot of passengers tell us they were dealing with some turbulence coming in. >> reporter: for the millions hitting the road, it was far from perfect. in rochester, new york, whiteouts made travel nearly impossible. and for those who thought trains were the safe bet, a major commuter train outside of seattle is still shut down, thanks to al
sweet. >> reporter: in an interview with abc news, the shooter's ex-girlfriend told us she has no idea what triggered the sudden and brutal attack. >> that's what is so mind boggling, because it is -- that was not the person i knew. and the person i knew would never, ever have done anything like this. >> reporter: but there was something strange in recent weeks. he says he seemed numb when she saw him last week, but she didn't think much of it. and she says he suddenly quit his job at a greek deli and sold all of his belongings, telling her he was leaving portland and moving to hawaii this past weekend. >> he had his plane ticket. he was ready to go. and then this happened, and it just makes me think why it was even in the back of his mind or if he just had another plan to leave. >> reporter: instead of hawaii, police say he went to the mall dressed to kill. police say roberts made a beeline from his volkswagen jetta in the parking lot through the macy's store carrying a rifle, wearing a ballistics vest, and a hockey style facemask. he entered on the upper level, when he got to the foo
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